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Chris Buckner on How to Discover Your Own Interior Design Style | New York, NY

Previous Showroom Manager of Jonathan Adler, Chris Alder shares his insight on how to find your interior design style.

By Chris BucknerPublished 11 months ago 4 min read

It’s easy to browse through celebrity designers’ social media accounts or magazines and identify the items you love. Still, creating an entire home can be very time-consuming and challenging. Here are a few tried and true tips to help you discover your interior design style.

Get to Know Yourself

Before you start a project, ask yourself two questions to help identify your preferred style. The first is about what you like, and the second is about what you don’t like.

Are you a fan of polished rooms with organic curves and flowing surfaces, or do you prefer more traditional forms? Do you like vibrant colors and jewel tones or soft neutrals? Take a look at your home. Identifying what works for you and the areas where you’d like to improve is crucial. You must also acknowledge your dislikes.

Find Inspirational Sources

After identifying your preferences, look at the spaces that will inspire you. These spaces can be anything from a hotel lobby to a page from your favorite interior design magazine.

There are plenty of sources of inspiration that are wider than interior design. You can also find them in various forms, such as photography and sculptures. For instance, you should display a photo of your trip abroad as it captures your memories of the experience.

Evaluate Your Lifestyle

The furniture in your home should complement your lifestyle. Whether it’s a lavish bedroom suite or a state-of-the-art kitchen, its function will depend on who uses it. A room should reflect who you are as a person. It’s also important to customize the experience of the room to reflect your lifestyle.

Styling Choices

Various elements can influence the styling of a room. These include the materials used, as well as the colors and textures. Before starting a home design project, you must consider the colors you resonate with most. This will help you make an informed decision. Various types of metal light fixtures come in different finishes. For instance, you can choose to have them in jet black, brass, or matte.


After you’ve identified your goals and likes for the space, it’s time to create a comprehensive design plan. Your preferred materials, textures, and colors will all come together to create a distinct style you can call your own. You can also hire a professional to source finishes, fabrics, and furnishings that will complement your lifestyle and make your space feel like home.

About Chris Buckner

Chris Buckner is a sales professional who resides in New York City. Chris attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations. One of the reasons that Chris was drawn to UT was the outpouring of volunteers that stem from the institution. Both personally and professionally, philanthropy and advocacy have been lifelong passions for Chris. Because of this, Chris’s first position was as a columnist for Metropulse, a publication that is a member of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN). AAN publications are known for their regional concentration on arts and culture, tolerance for social and individual liberties, neutrality in news reporting, and enthusiasm to cover themes and locations that many mainstream media sources overlook. Chris featured local artists in his weekly lifestyle pieces, where he recounted museum exhibition experiences and promoted new bands. Chris also obtained feature writing experience as a cover story author.

Chris Buckner has always been a good match for the sales field. He has thrived in the retail industry for almost two decades. Prior to arriving in New York, Chris refined his customer service talents at Three Rivers Market in Knoxville, a food co-op that nourished and empowered the Knoxville community.

As a showroom manager, Chris led $1.5 million in sales at the Crate & Barrel flagship store in New York City, ranking first in his area and second overall. As the Store Manager for the Washington, D.C. location for Jonathan Adler Enterprises, Chris Buckner used his interior design talent and natural people skills to increase revenues by $300,000. Chris also seized the opportunity of the location, with Georgetown being a thriving and populous business district. He joined the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), establishing a network of other businesses and attracting visitors to Georgetown’s historic design district and over 470 stores, restaurants, and shops. Chris attended community events and increased awareness of the brand. Chris also created a specialized training program for staff that enabled personalized textile projects at the client level. This advancement increased category sales by 60%.

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About the Creator

Chris Buckner

Chris Buckner is a customer service professional and retail expert who has over twenty years of experience in the industry. Now residing in NYC, Chris is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. Learn more by visiting

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